STATS Provides Union Argentina de Rugby with Suite of Advanced Rugby Products

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CHICAGO – June 21, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology company, will deliver innovative performance analysis solutions to the Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR), the governing body for rugby union in Argentina.

As part of the agreement, STATS will provide UAR with its Gamelens™, Gameplan™ and Rugby Portal™ systems. Gamelens is an advanced self-coding platform that enables responsive live analysis, while Gameplan supports enhanced performance communication, and Rugby Portal presents a global video and reporting database. In combination, these platforms provide UAR with a full suite of analysis systems, improving the speed and depth of data available to its national teams as well as enhancing the communication of performance information.

“We are very proud to provide UAR with our rugby performance products and services,” said Fernando Martinez, Managing Director, Latin America for STATS. “UAR is going through one of the most successful periods in its history, particularly with the inclusion of Los Pumas in the Rugby Championship and the Jaguares in Super Rugby. We will work with UAR to deliver the best analysis solutions available, supporting Argentinian rugby as it continues to improve both domestically and globally.”

Ranked fifth in the IRB World Rankings, the Argentine national team, Los Pumas, reached the semi-final stage of the 2007 and 2015 Rugby World Cups, finishing third in 2007 and fourth in 2015. The Pumas 7s Team has also qualified for the Olympics this year where rugby will be represented for the first time since Athens 1896.

UAR will use STATS technology for all its elite national teams to enhance match preparation and performance review processes. This will give coaches, analysts and players access to a wide range of insights designed to deliver competitive advantage on the field.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the world leading sports analysis technology provider STATS,” said Greg Peters, UAR General Manager. “This area has become increasingly important in recent years as teams search for competitive advantage by utilizing technology, and STATS is at the forefront of advancements in analysis software systems, specifically for rugby.”

Prozone to Deliver Training to Elite AFC Coaches as Part of National Coaching Programme

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Beijing, China – 17 June, 2016 – Prozone, a pioneer in sports performance analysis, will deliver elite license training to Asian coaches next week as part of a year-long national coaching programme organised by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and Chinese Football Association (CFA).

Coordinated by the Technical Department of the CFA, the coaching programme is open to coaches from member associations of the AFC, Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs, and leading women’s teams in the region. Prozone, acquired by STATS LLC in May 2015, will deliver advanced coach education as a key part of the event which aims to further strengthen efforts being made in China to upskill coaches and deliver elite qualifications.

The summer programme will feature a session delivered by Tao Wang, Prozone’s General Manager for China, who will speak to coaches about data analysis, applied technologies and best practice case studies on Monday 20th June.

“Prozone has been working closely with the CFA and CSL since 2012 to enhance the understanding and application of elite performance analysis in Chinese football,” said Wang. “Prozone’s contribution to the coaching programme highlights our commitment to improving China’s football infrastructure and educating the next generation of elite coaches.”

Coaches who successfully complete the programme will gain valuable knowledge of specialised physical coaching, best practices, and applied performance analysis as China continues to upscale its coach education processes and wider football infrastructure.

Prozone to Provide Elite Analysis Technology for Connected 5-a-Side Pitch at Nice Euro 2016 Fan Zone

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LONDON – 16 June, 2016 – Prozone Sports, a pioneer of performance analysis in sport, will support the delivery of a connected 5-a-side pitch at the official Euro 2016 fan zone in Nice. Starting on Saturday 18 June, fans can find out if they can sprint as fast as Bale or are as fit as Kanté.

Prozone, acquired by STATS LLC in May 2015, will implement athlete monitoring technology to record fitness statistics and give fans the opportunity to compare themselves to the pros.

The unique venture was launched by the French State Secretary for Sports and the Mayor of Nice during a press conference in the city last month. The project will see Prozone work with Soccer Park, a leading 5-a-side franchise, and MyCoach, a coaching app for amateur and youth players, to bring an elite sports experience to football fans in Nice.

“Prozone’s involvement with the connected pitch will give Euro 2016 fans the chance to have their performance monitored like elite players,” said Antoine David, Prozone General Manager for Southern Europe. “As a global leader in the delivery of performance analysis technology, Prozone’s athlete monitoring solutions are used by clubs around the world to deliver competitive advantage on the field. This project represents a unique opportunity for fans to experience an elite level of analysis during one of the biggest tournaments in world football.”

Prozone will collect and share the data using its elite athlete monitoring system, designed to optimise the performance of professional players. This technology will be made available to fans during Euro 2016, with 5-a-side players given reports highlighting their key performance indicators. This will enable fans to review their own physical outputs and access the level of insight available to the stars of the tournament.

STATS LLC to Power Sportle Web and Mobile Applications with Comprehensive Data Feeds

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CHICAGO, IL – June 14, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology company, has partnered with Sportle.tv, a leading live sports streaming website, to deliver in-depth data feeds for nine sports and more than 30 competitions worldwide. Sportle.tv provides users with a one stop shop for online streaming and is enhancing the fan experience by delivering STATS data to better engage viewers with the action.

STATS’ industry-leading data feeds – such as schedules, live standings and game results – will be used to power Sportle’s web and mobile applications, keeping fans engaged with the latest information as they stream their favorite sports online.

“We are pleased to be working with Sportle to engage their users with in-depth statistical content designed to enhance the sports viewing experience,” said Federico Winer, STATS Sales Director, EMEA. “STATS delivers the most innovative sports data in the industry and the speed and reliability of our services supports the delivery of optimal sports content experiences.”

An increasing number of fans around the world are turning to online streaming for their sports viewing experiences. Streaming allows sports fans to watch live games, no matter where they are, and makes available far more games and matches than what is currently available on television.  It also provides the promise of a more social and integrated viewing experience.

“Sportle.tv connects fans with all live sports streams available to them across the globe,” said Pedro Duarte, Head of International, Sportle. “We simplify, personalize and enhance the way fans discover and consume online sporting events, becoming the first live sports events platform and marketplace in the world. Having a robust and reliable data set to incorporate into Sportle.tv is critical, so it was clear to us that we needed to partner with STATS.”

STATS LLC Partners with Czech Startup Fantasy Sport a.s. Solutions

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CHICAGO – June 10, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology company, has partnered with Fantasy Sport a.s., a Czech Republic-based fantasy sports startup, to deliver basketball, baseball, football and soccer data feeds for 13 competitions worldwide. This data will power Funtasysport.cz, a new website from Fantasy Sport a.s., and other innovative fantasy sports solutions. STATS will also provide its award-winning fantasy projections for the NBA, NFL, NHL and European soccer.

STATS’ data feeds and fantasy projections will be used to support the delivery of immersive fantasy sports experiences, providing Fantasy Sport’s users with multiple layers of statistical content and the depth of information required to make informed lineup selections.

“STATS provides the most reliable and up-to-date sports content to fantasy providers,” said Federico Winer, STATS Sales Director, EMEA. “As an official source and distribution partner for major leagues around the world, STATS delivers the most timely and accurate data in the industry. Our rich data is combined with advanced analytics engines to provide internationally recognized fantasy projections that enrich user experiences with multiple layers of information.”

With over 25 years of experience in fantasy sports game management and integration, STATS is uniquely qualified to support and power the creation of innovative, captivating and dynamic fantasy services.

“The aim of Funtasysport.cz is to become the daily fantasy market leader in Europe,” said Denis Forbrich, CMO of Fantasy Sport a.s. “In order to achieve this it is crucial to load our product with the best data and projections feed available to provide the fastest and most reliable data to our users. We are proud to join forces with STATS, the global leader in this sports technology, and look forward to seeing our customers benefit from the agreement.”

STATS Powers Bologna FC Website with Serie A TIM Data

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CHICAGO – May 31, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology company, is powering the new Bologna Football Club 1909 website launched on May 27, 2016 with Serie A TIM league, team and player statistics.

Bologna, a user of STATS’ professional soccer services since 2015, becomes the first Serie A TIM club to use STATS data to power its media content. STATS SportVU® player tracking technology is already used in Serie A TIM power enhanced broadcast presentation and deliver competitive advantage to teams.

The Hosted Solution and Serie A TIM data feeds provided by STATS will be used to integrate detailed sports coverage into Bologna’s website and engage the club’s fans with statistics by ensuring that key competition information can be accessed through the new site.

“Bologna FC is one of the most important clubs in Italy, with a great history and ambitious projects for the future,” said Tommaso Refini, STATS Media Business Development Manager, Italy. “We are pleased to provide the club’s new official website with our STATS’ branded team and player statistics related to Serie A, as well as delivering pro solutions to support the team on the field.”

Bologna was a founding member of Serie A in 1929 and has won the Italian championship on seven occasions in its history. The clubs is owned by Joey Saputo, Canadian businessman and president of Montreal Impact.

STATS to Deliver Industry-Leading Sports Agate Feeds Direct to Print Media

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CHICAGO, IL and BLOOMINGTON, MN – May 2, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology company, has partnered with NEWSCYCLE Solutions, a global provider of media software platforms, to deliver its industry-leading sports agate feeds direct to newspaper media organizations.

STATS’ sports agate feed for print media is provided as a wire-ready ANPA format. For years, STATS has powered wire services with the agate feed, which will now be provided direct to newspapers to improve a publication’s sports content.

“Our partnership with Newscycle represents an important step in the development of our agate solutions,” said Greg Kirkorsky, STATS’ Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing. “By delivering agate direct to clients, we can continue to provide newspapers the full suite of sports agate services and ensure the best-in-class speed and reliability of our feeds.”

STATS is proud to produce the fastest and most reliable sports agate in the industry. Through the newly forged partnership with leading media technology provider Newscycle, STATS will continue to enhance its agate services while providing a seamless delivery experience for its clients.

”Newscycle customers have been relying on STATS sports agate for several years as part of their AP feed to deliver rich and engaging content to avid readers across a wide range of sports,” said Peter Marsh, Newscycle’s VP of Marketing. “With this partnership, our customers can now get this great STATS content directly, which will translate to greater speed and flexibility for busy sports departments, as well as an even wider selection of sports statistics for more than 600 leagues around the globe.”

For more information about the STATS sports agate solutions for publishers, visit http://www.stats.com/agate.

STATS’ Fantasy Baseball Projections Ranked #1 by FantasyPros for Second Consecutive Year

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CHICAGO – April 12, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology company, has been ranked first for the accuracy of its MLB season-long projections by FantasyPros for the second consecutive season.

To determine the most accurate projections, FantasyPros evaluated 15 sources to reveal how close their projections were to the actual statistics recorded by 300 relevant players. This independent evaluation ranked STATS first for the 2014 and 2015 seasons consecutively.

STATS was also ranked highest for weekly NFL projections in accuracy for 2015 as well as being named the overall leader for the last three years combined. Last year, STATS was recognized at the Fantasy Sports Trade Association’s annual winter conference in Las Vegas, winning awards for the accuracy of its football and baseball projections in a head-to-head competition among more than 100 industry leaders.

“It is not a coincidence that STATS consistently places high in fantasy projection accuracy contests,” said Sean Koerner, Director of Predictive Analytics for STATS. “Our primary goal is to provide clients with the most accurate projections in the industry and that requires a great deal of analysis, expertise and hard work. Our team does all three at a high level so it is always rewarding to achieve success such as this.”

STATS’ industry-leading projections are used by media companies worldwide to power fantasy sports games and fantasy sports content for a range of digital platforms. Delivering turnkey fantasy and predictive analytics services, STATS supports the creation of immersive fan experiences.

In addition to its fantasy projections, STATS runs the industry’s leading high-stakes fantasy contests, the National Fantasy Football Championship, National Fantasy Baseball Championship and National Fantasy Basketball Championship, which offers the industry’s largest prizes.

NCAA to Use STATS SportVU® Technology at NCAA® Women’s Final Four®

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CHICAGO – March 30, 2016 – STATS LLC, the world’s leading sports technology company, will cover the 2016 NCAA Women’s Final Four using STATS SportVU® player tracking technology. Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis will be the host for the Women’s Final Four, with the national semifinals being played on April 3 and the national championship game on April 5.

STATS SportVU technology will be used to collect real-time tracking data of the games for use by the NCAA and its media partners. The games will be televised live on ESPN, with STATS SportVU data being used to create graphics for broadcast and in-stadium fan engagement. Key stats from the games will be included in post-game notes which will be sent to the media to inform coverage with in-depth statistical information.

“With today’s technology, we are always looking for additional ways to tell the story as our fans are hungry for new and innovative ways to consume the sport,” said Anucha Browne, NCAA vice president, women’s basketball championships. “Working with STATS SportVU will create an enhanced fan engagement experience and provide more in-game statistics than ever before.”

STATS SportVU utilizes a six-camera system installed in arenas to track the real-time positions of players and the ball. This information is used to generate advanced metrics based on speed, distance, player separation and ball possession.

“Our player tracking technology has changed the way player performance data is analyzed in basketball at the collegiate and professional levels,” said Greg Kirkorsky, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for STATS. “Several college teams already use STATS SportVU to simplify their data collection process and improve their performance on the court. The NCAA Women’s Final Four is a great opportunity to showcase the same STATS SportVU technology that is used by the NBA teams to enhance their performance and the STATS SportVU data that is also available to broadcasters.”

STATS SportVU is the official tracking technology of the NBA and is used by franchises to achieve competitive advantage through advanced performance insights.